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More Covid community testing at McDonald Road Library this week

On top of the permenant test centre (for people with symptoms) at Leith Library, as well as the drop-in vaccine clinics at St James Quarter, the EICC and Leith Community Health Centre (details), authorities have set up another testing hub at McDonald Road Library. Here is the latest alert from them with all the details;

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.  People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Wester Hailes Library from Monday 23 August to Saturday 11 September (closed Sundays)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 28 August (closed Sundays)
  • Blackhall Library, Monday 30 August to Saturday 11 September (closed Sundays)
  • Blackhall Mosque,1 House O’Hill Road, EH4 2AJ from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 August 9.30am to 4pm. 
  • Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR from Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August (closed Sunday) 9.30am to 5pm
  • Tumbles/Power League car park, 20 Westbank Street, Portobello EH15 1DR from Friday 20 August to Sunday 29 August 9.30am to 5pm
  • Craigmillar Medical Practice, 106 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4DT, from Monday 23 August to Saturday 28 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29 August, 9.30am to 5pm
  • South East locality office, 40 Captain’s Road, Edinburgh, EH17 8QF, from Monday 23 August to Saturday 29 August, 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29 August, 9.30am to 5pm

We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.  If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits onlineor by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.   Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus. 

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

Community Covid-19 testing this week at McDonald Road Library

McDonald Road Library will host another community testing hub for people without Covid19 symptoms from Monday 9th to Saturday 21st August (exlucding Sundays) from 9am – 6pm.

Leith Central Community Council recieved the following email from The City of Edinburgh Council with the full list of Community Testing Hubs:

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Gilmerton Library, from Monday 2 August to Saturday 14 August (closed 8 August)
  • Fountainbridge Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 August (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • James Pringle Shopping Village, 70- 74 Bangor Road, EH6 5JU from Friday 16 July to Sunday 15 August,10am to 5pm
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre (car park) 106 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT from Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)
  • Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O’Hill Road, EH4 2AJ from Monday 9 August to Thursday 12 August and Saturday 14 August from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday 15 August 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, EH14 3JF from Monday 9 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)

We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

Everyone 18+ can now drop into vaccination centres

​Drop-in clinics are now available in all mass Covid-19 vaccination centres for people over 18.

The nearest drop-in centre for Leith, Bonnington & Hillside is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, open from 8.30am until 5.30pm.

You can get a number 10, 11 or 16 bus from Leith Walk or a number 36 from Bonnington Road.

Anyone over the age of 18, who have not yet had their first dose – for whatever reason – can attend the clinic without an appointment, while those who are waiting for their second dose can turn up as long as they received their first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine at least eight weeks before. You do not need to be registered with a GP to come to a drop-in clinic.

For more (and up to date information) visit the page on nhslothian.scot.

McDonald Road Library (& some others) re-opening next month

McDonald Road Library is set to re-open during the day from Tuesday 13th October 2020.

Services resuming include book borrowing and internet access.

Please see the below posters from Edinburgh Council for more information. For up-to-date information, please visit yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk and talesofonecity.wordpress.com.

Social distancing changes on Easter Road & London Road?

The City of Edinburgh Council are proposing pavement widening and other measures down all of Easter Road and part of London Road for social distancing purposes.

They’re asking people who live and work in the community to let them know your thoughts about how they can create more space. You can email them at spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk before 5pm on 26th June 2020. Please note they are unable to respond to individual emails.

The map highlights areas they’re looking at;

Great Junction Street and other areas near the Kirkgate are also up for consideration. Our neighbouring community councils, Leith Links and Leith Harbour/Newhaven have posted about them.

You can read more about the Council’s plans to on edinburgh.gov.uk.